Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

DVD - 2014
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Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Vivian's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
Publisher: New York, NY :, MPI Media Group,, [2014]
Edition: Wide screen
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780788618215
Call Number: DVD 770.92 MAIE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
digital,optical,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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SFPL_LisaD Mar 16, 2016

A controversial story, but also a disturbing and fascinating one. In a nutshell: a talented babysitter-hoarder in Chicago who took great pictures while dragging the kids along.

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Aug 26, 2016

Well, darlings - I just finished watching this impressive documentary which was called "Finding Vivian Maier". It was written and directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel and it tells the fascinating tale of a woman who lived and died in complete obscurity. It was only through a fluke that Vivian's undiscovered talent for photography became well known and celebrated long after her death.

In a way - I'd say that Vivian Maier is something of a stand-in for all of those nameless, faceless people who surround us and live out their lives unnoticed. These are people who live in relative obscurity and (after they are gone) leave but a little mark on the world.

Except, in Vivian's case (due to her unique talent), she did leave a mark. And it's one that will be admired and appreciated for generations to come.

PimaLib_JudyM Jul 06, 2016

This documentary exceeded my expectations. Vivian Maier was an enigma for sure, perhaps even mentally ill. But her photographs are just incredible. I enjoyed the story of how Maloof attained the negatives, and even undeveloped film, and how he handled the unique situation he found himself in. I am so grateful he recognized that he had something important. I also found it very exciting imagining developing rolls of film, and finally seeing the images that were unseen since the day Maier took the shot. This documentary is highly recommended, for both photographers and non-photographers.

Jul 02, 2016

Finding Vivian Maier is a truly remarkable documentary about a completely unknown photographer who was, sadly enough, overlooked in her lifetime.

It was only by a stroke of sheer luck that John Maloof (this documentary's co-writer/co-producer) came across this surprise discovery of negatives amongst Vivian's possessions, which he had purchased at an auction (of her abandoned personal property) in 2007.

Vivian (who worked as a nanny for various families for nearly 40 years) apparently never showed her photographic work to anybody. But thanks to Maloof's uncovering of Vivian's personal possessions, it is now realized that her photographic-eye was truly exceptional.

This is definitely one documentary that is really worth seeing.

Jul 02, 2016

And, who, exactly, was Vivian Maier?... Well - That, my friends, is probably something which we'll never, ever know for sure.

But, with that said - I certainly must give John Maloof (this documentary's co-writer/co-director) a helluva lot of credit for his thoughtful and extensive investigation into the identity of this very private, yet incredibly prolific, street-photographer who, in her lifetime, took an estimated 150,000 photos (most of which were never developed).

For the most part, this documentary was quite an extraordinary experience for this viewer. But, alas, it lost itself some significant points due to there being just a little too much emphasis placed on determining whether Vivian was a kook, or not.

In conclusion - Without ever achieving the recognition that she so rightly deserved in her lifetime, Vivian Maier died in 2009 (at the age of 83) in the state of complete poverty.

May 24, 2016

Absolutely fascinating. Highly recommended.

May 12, 2016

Very interesting documentary. Had never heard of this woman - which is probably the way she would have liked things to stay! So glad Maloof found her work.

May 09, 2016

A fascinating documentary about a puzzling woman, FINDING VIVIAN MAIER poses more questions than answers most of the time, but I think not knowing for sure just adds to the beauty of this wonderfully weird story. It's very difficult to describe without flatly detailing each discovery made, which I don't wish to do, but I can say that it is definitely worth the watch. I recommend it.

A fascinating artist's life, discovered through the detective skills of a man who purchased boxes of her negatives at an auction. Just imagine what you might discover in a dusty box of tossed away belongings. I'm glad to get know the story of Vivian Maier, and she makes me want to take better photographs!

Feb 22, 2016

Very interesting biography/documentary about Vivian Maier. This program is worth watching.

Franln Feb 15, 2016

Very interesting documentary about an eccentric & talented photographer who did not share her work & was not discovered until after her death. Turns out she was a very odd & often unlikable hoarder, nanny, loner, spinster & artist. Well worth watching.

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